Council meetings to be held remotely

12/05/2020, PR-9397

​ Wakefield Council meetings can now be held remotely, ensuring that key Council business and essential decision-making can continue whilst upholding democratic principles and enabling all to comply with public health guidance, during the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

New regulations set out by Government remove the requirement for any or all attendees of the meeting to be physically present in the same room.

The meeting of the Council's Cabinet on Tuesday 19 May at 10.30am will be held virtually and residents can watch the meeting live or later at http://citizen.wakefield.gov.uk/cabinet-and-council-meeting/

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Cllr Denise Jeffery, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "Even though we had to cancel all meetings back in March, important decisions have continued to be made by myself and senior council officers since then.

"I felt it was vitally important to ensure support and investment was still being delivered across our district, despite coronavirus bringing the country to a halt.

"These new powers will now enable meetings to go ahead as normal, albeit remotely, ensuring the safety of all those who would be attending the meeting and meaning they can be watched by our residents to ensure openness and transparency.

"We will continue to review the situation in line with Government guidance and ensure that no matter what, important decisions can continue to be made."

The Council's Annual General Meeting, which includes the Mayor Making ceremony, due to be held on 21 May has been cancelled due to recent Government regulations advising that the holding of an Annual Meeting in May 2020 is a matter of choice.

Cllr Charles Keith will continue as the Mayor of Wakefield, and Cllr Tracey Austin as Deputy Mayor, until the 2021 Annual Meeting. 

Details of all the Council's upcoming meetings are available on the website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/council